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My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

I live in Sudbury Canada in a 1959 bungalow and the basement is always humid and the dehumidifier runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advis...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years old with a half below grade (fully cured!) concrete bas...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...basements, and for a few more tips you could check out our page on How to Insulate Basements Properly . That's an excellent 'all one one' basement insulation sy...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

I'm not concerned with the compression issue, but rather how the lateral (shear) loads get transferred from the concrete footing into the soil, via the insulat...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...basements , that’s one of our building guide pages that will help you pick a method. Read those over and get back to us, we can for sure set you up. Sound good?...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

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Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

I plan on improving insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage ...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

I’m planning to build a 20x24 workshop / garage, and I’m wondering the cheapest as well as best way to do it. Is there any reason not to build it on posts? It ...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...basements . You simply need to embed tubing directly in the concrete, no need for additional products. We have lots of pages on Radiant Floor Heating, have a lo...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...Basements are built wrong all the time, and many contractors want to fix moldy basements by repeating the process that caused the problem in the first place. An...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...basements walls the same way they build above grade walls, without realizing that they can’t dry to the outside. So putting organic materials like wood agains...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly New blowing agents ...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the problem off the bat is that most basement advocates are b...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses